Location

Houston, Texas

Size

500,000 sf

Project Features
  • Expanded floor plates
  • New exterior skin
  • Expanded lobby
Park Towers  (1233 & 1333 West Loop South) was originally developed by Tenneco in 1972 as two 260,000-sf towers spanning a six-level parking garage. The facility was occupied until 1986 and stood empty for 13 years. In 1997, TPMC Realty Corporation retained Kirksey to provide architectural services from feasibility through construction administration for the two towers and the garage.

The most unique innovation of the project was the addition of 24” structural floor extension to the perimeter of each floor. This increased net rentable area by 24,000-sf over the entire project. The floor extension was designed in conjunction with the new exterior skin, a combination of four-sided silicon and four-side captured curtainwall to replace previous brick and precast facade. The original one-story lobby with step down entry was replaced with an expanded two-story lobby with zero-curb face entry granite flooring, leather and glass walls, and stainless steel details.

Unique to the Park Towers renovation included the recycling of the existing unused materials. A golf course bought the precast panels for re-use as a sound barrier, the masonry and brick was used as crushed road base, the metal studs, miscellaneous steel and rebar recycled as scrap iron, and 30,000 lbs of aluminum were recycled.
Kathleen Jircik, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7514
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Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience at Kirksey, providing in-depth research and critical analysis by way of client-tailored design solutions for every project she manages. Understanding the inherent complexities in building forensics, materials, and functions, Kathleen possesses expertise in creative building envelope solutions and historical preservation. She manages complex, large-scale projects with ease.